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Pula Film Festival to screen record 23 films in national competition

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- The 60th Pula Film Festival (July 13-27) will present an unprecedented number of 24 films in competition sections, out of which ten are co-productions with minority Croatian share

Pula Film Festival to screen record 23 films in national competition

The Croatian national Pula Film Festival, which was founded exactly 60 years ago as showcase of Yugoslav films, running this year from July 13-27, will present a total of 23 feature films in two competition strands: 13 in the main section, and ten in the minority co-production category.

The festival will open with Handymen, the seventh feature film by Dalibor Matanić, two-time winner of Golden Arena for Best Director in Pula. The comedy about a housewife whose problems with men are not limited only to her clumsy husband, stars Anita Ćurković, Nikša Butijer and Goran Bogdan and was produced by the Croatian Radio Television.

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The two most prolific production companies in Croatia, Kinorama and Interfilm, will have three and four films respectively in the main section.

Kinorama is coming with crime drama One Shot [+see also:
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, first feature film of TV director and actor Robert Orhel; the real event-inspired drama Hush [+see also:
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, writer-director Lukas Nola's fifth film; and box office hit The Mysterious Boy (review) by Dražen Žarković, second installment of the franchise based on popular children's novels by Ivan Kušan. The film has sold almost 69,000 admissions in 19 weeks on release.

Interfilm is bringing an even bigger hit, Vinko Brešan's The Priest's Children [+see also:
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, (news) the third-highest local grosser ever in the territory with 158,000 admissions. Commercially, a lot is also expected from Tomislav Mršić's comedy Cowboys [+see also:
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, based on a smash hit theatre show in which eight outsiders are trying to mount a theatre production.

Interfilm will also present the first feature film by writer-director Dario Pleić, thriller Not All About Money. But the company’s strongest suit in the awards race is writer-director Zrinko Ogresta, winner of six Golden Arenas, including two for Best Film, with his fifth feature Projections, a drama set in one of the sessions of a final-year programme in group therapy for psychology professionals.

Another award front-runner is Bobo Jelčić's A Stranger [+see also:
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, (news) a Spiritus Movens production that world-premiered in Berlinale's Forum and generated a strong buzz in critical circles at home, especially for performance of the lead actor Bogdan Diklić.

The national competition also includes Nevio Marasović's drama Vis-à-vis, jointly produced by Antitalent  Produkcija and Copycat; Petar Orešković’s dark comedy Simon Magus (Alka Film), Dan Oki’s social drama The Farewell (Udruga Kazimir), and highly anticipated art comedy The Bug, the second directing effort by locally famous actor Filip Šovagović, starring two-time winner of Sarajevo Film Festival’s Best Actress award Nataša Škaričić.

The festival’s minority co-production competition is dominated by films made with neighbouring countries. Five are majority-produced by Slovenia: Nejc Gazvoda’s Dual [+see also:
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, (news) Martin Turk’s Feed Me with Your Words, Matevž Lucar’s Good to Go, Marko Naberšnik’s Shanghai Gypsy, and Miroslav Mandić’s Adria Blues [+see also:
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. Serbia is represented by Srdan Golubović’s Circles [+see also:
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, (news [+see also:
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) Goran Paskaljević’s When Day Breaks [+see also:
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, and Goran Marković’s The Forgerer. Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius and the Pelican Company [+see also:
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from Holland and Mihaela Kezele’s My Beautiful Country [+see also:
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from Germany round off the selection.

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